Howard writes to offer Osler a lectureship in Practical Physiology at McGill. The fees from his students would be sufficient
to cover all expenses. He advises Osler to come to Montreal immediately to begin working on his lectures.
[Description courtesy of McGill University.]
Soon after Osler's death in 1919, Lady Osler asked their good friend Dr. Harvey Cushing to write a biography. For this
project, Cushing gathered a wide variety of material, including a substantial amount of Osler correspondence and other memorabilia
borrowed from Osler's family, friends, and colleagues. He employed three secretaries to transcribe these documents, and
later donated the transcripts (along with his other working materials) to the Osler Library. Many of the original documents
were returned to the owners. The originals that were retained, together with the Cushing transcripts, constitute the largest
and most accessible collection of Osler's correspondence.
Harvey Cushing's "Life of Sir William Osler" was published by Oxford University Press in 1925, and was awarded
a Pulitzer Prize in 1926.
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1874-07-06 (July 6, 1874)
Howard, R. P.
Original Repository: Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University. Osler Library Archive Collections, P417: Harvey Cushing Fonds
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Medical Education and Early Career, McGill University, 1870-1884
47 Union Ave.
July 6 '74
My dear Osler
I have just ret'd from a meeting of the Med. Faculty of the College at which I am happy to be able to inform you it was
agreed to recommend you to the Governor of the College for the office of Lecturer upon Institutes [of Medicine] in the room
of Dr. Drake who resigns on
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account of ill health. You have not been spending your time in vain on working at practical physiology and most hearty congratulate
you upon the fine prospect that has opened before you. The fees of the students will at least meet your actual expenses for
board, clothes, etc. and the position at the college will afford the strongest proof to the public
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that you are at least a well-qualified physician and that experience is all that you require to merit their patronage. I would
advise you to come down at once, hang out your shingle, and set actively to work upon your lectures -- you will find the time
short enough. Drake can be of much assistance and is willing to be; and he has a fine collection of diagrams, drawings etc.
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and a great many mounted specimens which will be of use & wh. he will no doubt dispose of to you very reasonably. You
will see an official letter from the Dean no doubt by the same mail that conveys this -- answer it at once.
The time is a favourable one moreover at which to enter upon practice -- for altho. you will have to wait for that like other
-- labour will procure its reward in that field also. Please present my congratulations to yr father open this gratifying
recognition of yr merits by the oldest Medical
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school in Canada. All yr. friends here will be much pleased on your account.
I regretted to have missed you on yr arrival from Europe as you must have had lots of recent information to impart and as
I wanted to hear of your doings. But you know what I was about and no doubt will forgive me. I hope soon to see you here and
"to hear of yr affairs" Till then I remain